Posted on August 29, 2017
I’ve had some experience this past year with security cameras/CCTV due to helping my local gym with Networking along with there camera system (sort of like Amcrest DVR systems) And just last week purchased and installed one of the Amcrest 8 Channel DVR systems for a local Chinese Restaurant and there in love! and so I am over Amcrest cameras now.
Now about this camera, when first unboxing it I noticed how hefty and great build it was. I first plugged it up and used Ethernet for first setup, setup a static IP with my Router and went into the cameras management interface (TONS better than others out there) So many wonderful features and settings! (See Video of the tour) I first setup WiFi though this interface (This can also be done through the iPhone or Android app without having to first connect it via Ethernet like some have stated) I connected this to my WNDR3800 WiFi Access Point which is connected to my main Router a Netgear R7000. Connection went flawlessly, Camera will be hooked up on my front porch and WiFi signal going through several walls and it picks up perfectly! So to have it outside all you need is power and your good to go! I then went own to setup FTP settings to my personal home server to store recordings on it as well as using Amcrest Cloud, which is very easy to use and nice interface. And with the files that are sent from the camera to my home FTP server, I view them using Amcrest Smart Play program, and in which acts like a DVR for the files and they can be outputted to normal video files if needed.
I’ve included video samples in my video 🙂
Posted on August 29, 2017
Got this camera just in time for a week away trip and thought I’d use it to keep up with my animals in my bedroom. This has been the best camera I have owned in both quality wise and motion detection wise. Its almost an instant notification when motion is detected both day and night. Night Vision works awesomely! in a pitch dark room you can see everything! I added an image in the review, it works extremely well. Camera reliably kept working along with the app with no issue, I do like that the app also works with my other TP-Link smart devices instead of having separate apps for everything. When I am not away this will be used as a front yard security camera due to the wide angle views (You can see everything!) Currently the cloud is beta and free, they do have some free options that include way more than some other brands I’ve had and the prices for the paid tiers are very good. Highly recommended for a home camera for muti uses! Submitted as part of a free sample program.